The perfect companion and addition to any family, Mastidoodles were bred to be watchdogs, but their docile, loving, affectionate nature makes these big dogs actual teddy bears. They will be protective of their families and they love to play. At 30 inches high and anywhere between 90 and 120 pounds, though, their version of a gentle nudge can be enough to knock any unsuspecting adult to the ground.
Mastidoodles are a combination of the Mastiff and the Standard Poodle. This mix means that your pup will need to be groomed frequently or their dense coat will knot and mat.
To help your Mastidoodle burn their energy and prevent them from getting into mischief, make sure you exercise them for at least an hour every day.
Mastidoodles love everyone, including other dogs. They don't know that they are intimidating to both people and pets and they want to bound up to anyone they see and play. This makes it extra important to socialize them once they have been through obedience training. A lonely Mastidoodle is a depressed Mastidoodle, and no one wants that.
To avoid this, take Fido to an off-leash dog park and let them make friends with the other dogs in the area. It may take a few times of regular socializing, but the smaller dogs will see that your pup is just a big bundle of love.
Mastidoodles are prone to hip dysplasia and, because of this, should not be exercised using high-impact activities. If you take Fido for a walk, try to avoid concrete or other hard surfaces when possible.
Water exercises make activities low-impact, though. You might find that your city or a neighboring one offers hydrotherapy, a form of exercise that combines your pup's regular walks and exercise with whirlpools, water treadmills, and doggy swimming pools in a controlled environment. If you don't have that option near you, though, swimming works just fine!
Mastidoodles are fun and affectionate, intelligent and obedient. If your home is set up to be able to handle a large dog, this is the ultimate family pup. Your Mastidoodle has likely never met a person or animal they don't like.
Mastidoodles do require extra care, though. They need regular grooming and are prone to certain physical conditions, like hip dysplasia. Do your research before you start planning activities with your pup to be sure their bodies can handle the stress level of what you are planning.
For owners who take care of their pup, train them in obedience, and manage their exercise well, the Mastidoodle will give nothing but love and affection in return.